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AECOM Fisheries Ecologist in Barrie, Ontario

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

The Ontario Ecology team at AECOM is looking for a new team member for the position of Aquatic Ecologist to support our existing activities and to grow our capacity to serve clients on challenging and exciting projects across the province.

The successful candidate will have 2-5 years of experience, be highly motivated, enjoy working collaboratively with complementary technical disciplines on a wide range of projects (e.g. transportation, renewable energy, infrastructure, etc.), is an effective communicator and is committed to producing high quality work in a timely fashion.

Individuals should have a strong background conducting biological inventories, including aquatic habitat assessments, fish community sampling using a variety of capture gear, freshwater fish identification including Species at Risk and invasive species, environmental impact assessments and associated reporting. Writing and interpersonal communication skills must be high quality. Organizational skills and an ability to work well on multi-disciplinary teams in a fast paced environment are essential qualities.

The position will involve working with project managers to provide support on environmental investigations including baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, Species at Risk permitting and mitigation plans and related scopes of work. The ability to coordinate ecology projects and ecology components of larger projects will be key to this position.

Key roles for the position include:

  • Coordinating and performing field investigations to document baseline conditions according to study requirements in urban and remote sites;

  • Conducting fisheries and aquatic habitat assessments including habitat mapping, fish capture, and identification of habitat restoration opportunities;

  • Working collaboratively with AECOM’s fluvial geomorphologists, hydrologists, terrestrial ecologists, and hydrogeologists to integrate study results with complementary technical disciplines;

  • Conducting aquatic Species at Risk habitat assessments and species-specific surveys when required;

  • Maintaining effective communication with clients and staff;

  • Adhering to and enforcing AECOM’s Health and Safety Protocols;

  • Writing effective reports in a scientific style.


Minimum Requirements :

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in environmental science or biology, from a recognized University or College and a minimum of 2 years of Ontario environmental consulting experience required.

  • Valid, Class I or Class II Electrofishing Training

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Royal Ontario Museum Fish Identification Training.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience applying DFO’s Risk Management Framework.

  • Knowledge and experience identifying freshwater fishes of Ontario and ability to field-distinguish cyprinids, salmonids, sportfish, aquatic Species at Risk and invasive species

  • Demonstrated experience conducting field work in southern and northern Ontario.

  • Demonstrated experience identifying aquatic habitat restoration opportunities and preparing effective offsetting (e.g. compensation) plans;

  • Knowledge and experience with federal and provincial acts, regulations, policies and guidelines in particular, Fisheries Act, Endangered Species Act, Species at Risk Act, Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Aggregates Act

  • Experience with air photo interpretation (hard/soft copy), Global Positioning Systems, and map and compass orientation;

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS);

  • Proficiency in use of various research tools, strong ability to write scientifically, and capability to organize and communicate with peers, managers and clients;

Additional Information

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10072804

Business Line: Geography OH

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Canada

Career Area: Science